I’ve had Caiphas put in chains; I too was crucified last year in a long, drawn-out way by German doctors. Wilhelm, Bismarck and all anti-Semites done away with!
– Turin, January 6, 1889: Letter to Jacob Burckhardt
To the Illustrious Pole
I belong to you, I am more a Pole than I am God, I shall bestow honors on you such as only I am able to bestow … I live among you as Matejko…
– Turin, ca. January 4, 1889: Letter to the Illustrious Pole
My beloved son Mariani ..
My peace be with you! Tuesday I shall be in Rome, in order to pay my respects to His Holiness …
– Turin, ca. January 4, 1889: Letter to Cardinal Mariani, Vatican Secretary of State
To my beloved son Umberto
My peace be with you! Tuesday I shall be in Rome. I should like to see you, along with His Holiness the Pope.
– Turin, ca. January 4, 1889: Letter to Umberto I, King of Italy
To My Maestro Pietro,
Sing me a new song: the world is transfigured and all the heavens are joyous.
– Turin, January 4, 1889: Letter to Peter Gast
It is a mere prejudice that I am a human being. Yet I have often enough dwelled among human beings and I know the things human beings experience, from the lowest to the highest. Among the Hindus I was Buddha, in Greece Dionysus—Alexander and Caesar were incarnations of me, as well as the poet of Shakespeare, Lord Bacon. Most recently I was Voltaire and Napoleon, perhaps also Richard Wagner… However, I now come as Dionysus victorious, who will prepare a great festival on Earth… Not as though I had much time… The heavens rejoice to see me here… I also hung on the cross…
– Turin, January 3, 1889: Letter to Cosima Wagner
God is on the earth. Don’t you see how all the heavens are rejoicing? I have just seized possession of my kingdom, I’ve thrown the Pope in prison, and I’m having Wilhelm, Bismarck, and Stöcker shot.
– Turin, January 3, 1889: Letter to Meta von Salis-Marschlins